Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.
Why do we retreat to imaginary worlds? What are the benefits-and dangers-of escape? How does fantasy serve us in times of crisis? How did graffiti scrawls like "Frodo lives!" become popular slogans of counterculture and protest? This course explores the possibilities and pitfalls inherent to the fantastic in the arts and humanities, emphasizing in particular the role fantasy plays in diagnosing and addressing injustice.